Glee's Mark Salling pleads guilty to possessing images of child sex abuse

10/06/2017 03:00 |

Glee's Mark Salling pleads guilty to possessing images of child sex abuse

Salling, who was busted in December 2015, accepted the deal with the hope it will spare him the maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison. Those rules include staying 100 feet away from any place where children gather including public swimming pools, school yards, parks, playgrounds and video arcades.

He also agreed to make "full restitution" of $50,000 to each of his victims, though full amount is subject to change.

Prior to the terms of his plea agreement, the 35-year-old faced up to 20 years behind bars had he been found guilty.

In addition to his prison sentence, he will also attend a required sex offender treatment program.

Back in May of 2016, the "Glee" star was charged in a federal indictment with allegedly receiving and possessing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

During his six seasons on the show, his performances led to Salling being nominated for a Teen Choice Award for male Breakout Star.

Deadline reports that Mark Salling, perhaps best known as football player Noah "Puck" Puckerman on FOX's musical dramedy GLEE, has struck a deal over charges of child pornography. Mark Salling from GLEE fame is doing so, but it comes with a hefty thwack at his future freedom. These files were "highly organized" by file name and folder structure, and the "defendant knew that the images of child pornography that he knowingly downloaded from the internet depicted real minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct", prosecutors said.

In that vein, Salling rapidly was dropped from Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets a year ago after his prosecution.

She added: "These images are more than photographs, they are child abuse".

His ex-girlfriend and co-star Naya Rivera wrote on her book "Sorry, Not Sorry" that she wasn't surprised that he got into trouble, but the gravity of his crime was still appalling.


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